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Creating & Selling a Reality TV or Documentary Series

Starts October 29

1 session: Saturday, October 29, 9 am–6 pm

Have you ever had an idea for an unscripted television series but didn’t know how to develop, pitch, and sell it? This workshop provides you the tools to flesh out your concept, create compelling pitch materials, and navigate the television industry successfully. Students leave with a fully-realized unscripted television concept that’s ready to be pitched professionally. No prior TV or writing experience is required, but students are expected to come to the workshop with a series idea. There is a lunch break.

Tuition: $175 regular/$130 member/$100 low-income

joe_swiftJoe Swift’s track record as a successful television network executive spans two decades. As Director of Development for WEtv and TLC, Joe was responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and shaping programming proposals from production companies, as well as generating original ideas for casting, music and series concepts. WE’s ratings soared due to hit series such as “The Locator,” “Raising Sextuplets,” “My Fair Wedding,” “Little Miss Perfect,” and others. TLC launched “Long Island Medium,” “Four Weddings,” and “My Strange Addiction,” among other programs.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another course if scheduled in the same calendar year.
    For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.


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October 29, 2016
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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October 24, 2016
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1 session: Saturday, October 29, 9 am–6 pm